The Employer Pension Guide (EPG) tells you what you, as an employer, need to know about Civil Service pension arrangements, and your responsibilities in delivering the arrangements to your staff.

The EPG should be read in conjunction with Employer Pension Notices (EPNs), which update the guide.

Introduction to the Employer Pension Guide (EPG)

Section 1

The EPG tells you what you need to know as an employer about Civil Service Pensions. 

It explains the role and responsibilities that you have to your staff, to the Scheme Administrator (MyCSP) and to the Scheme Manager (Cabinet Office).

Roles and responsibilities

Section 2

A number of people and organisations have responsibility for ensuring the successful delivery of the Civil Service Pensions arrangements.

Civil Service pension arrangements

Section 3

The Civil Service Pension (CSP) arrangements are made up of a number of different schemes, including some where the member contributes to their own investment fund.

Your responsibilities when staff join

Section 4

As a general rule, the majority of your employees will be eligible to join the Civil Service Pension (CSP) arrangements.

Your responsibilities when staff are in service

Section 5

The ‘Members’ section contains comprehensive information for scheme members, including contact details for the Scheme Administrator (MyCSP).

Your responsibilities when staff leave before pension age

Section 6

Staff may leave the Civil Service before their scheme pension age and receive pension and/or compensation payments under the Civil Service Pension (CSP) arrangements.

Your responsibilities when staff leave at or after pension age

Section 7

The scheme pension age for nuvos members is currently 65. For classic, classic plus and premium members, it is currently 60. In alpha, a members’ Normal Pension Age (NPA) is the later of their State Pension Age (SPA) or age 65.

Compendia, payroll and data responsibilities

Section 8

Compendia is the pension administration software used by the Scheme Administrator (MyCSP) to administer the Civil Service Pensions (CSP) arrangements.

Disputes, appeals and complaints

Section 9

Sections 50, 50A and 50B of the Pensions Act 1995 (as inserted by the Pensions Act 2004) and the Occupational Pension Schemes (Internal Dispute Resolution Procedures Consequential and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2008 set out the framework within which occupational schemes must investigate pension complaints.

Pensionable earnings

Section 10

This section describes what elements of earnings are pensionable and also tells you what you need to consider.

Training and learning materials for you and your members

Section 11

MyCSP provides specialist employer training and member engagement seminars.

Compulsory bulk transfers of staff

Resource accounts disclosure

15 December 2021
Last updated:
28 January 2022